Young Bright Things at David Gill Gallery

Fresh approaches to design/art by a hip creative crowd

Even collectors with the sharpest eye prick up their ears at mention of David Gill’s annual Young Bright Things exhibition. This celebratory show (April 20 to May 13), hosted by the maestro of London’s design-art gallery scene, promises an array of alluring fresh works (with prices ranging from £500 to £15,000) – many of which are the contributing artists’ first forays into the field of interiors.

This year it is curated by editor and journalist Gianluca Longo, whose eclectic eye can also be witnessed within the pages of W magazine and the new biannual interiors tome Cabana. Speaking of his approach, he said: “I had in mind a kind of ‘party’, where all the artists bring their creations under one roof and have fun together. I have focused on craftsmanship as it’s something that I am very fond of.”


From the world of sculpture, Longo’s selections include Annie Morris’s totemic stacks of coloured spheres (second picture) and digital carvings from Nick Hornby. Morris is also exhibiting what sounds set to be the centrepiece, in the form of a bed inspired by the silver bedhead that Peggy Guggenheim commissioned from Alexander Calder in 1945, finished with an embroidered blanket and metallic wall hanging.

Smaller pieces for the home include Flavie Audi’s sensual and organic handblown metallic glass pieces, which are captivatingly enigmatic, and Tancredi di Carcaci’s baroque-inspired blue and white ceramics. Artist Rhys Coren worked with Petra Palumbo’s family label Tapisserie to translate a selection of his paintings into embroideries in needlepoint and bronze (first picture) under the guidance of David Gill Gallery artistic director Francis Sultana. In addition, illustrator and rising interiors star Luke Edward Hall is creating his first tableware in the form of a 24-piece dinner service.

Besides such art-and-crafts finds, Longo’s passion for standout fashion accessories is enthusiastically represented. Fashion designer Charlotte Dellal is showing her first furniture piece under her label Charlotte Olympia, alongside her kitsch-cool tote bags (third picture) featuring famous artworks. One-off jewellery pieces and the new Akasha collection by Noor Fares will be available (DVF is a fan), as will Jordana Yechiel’s highly original necklaces (fourth picture) featuring heraldic crests and semiprecious stones under her label JYShields.


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